Garda CL Northwest, Inc.

Firm News

Along with co-counsel Dan Johnson, SGB prosecuted a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging that Garda failed to provide its armored car drivers and guards with rest and meal breaks. Following a bench trial in the summer of 2015, Judge Julie Spector entered judgment in the amount of $8.4 million on behalf of the plaintiff class. Garda has appealed that judgment.

We then filed a second action, Gayken v. Garda CL Northwest, seeking damages for missed breaks after February 2015. That case was stayed pending the completion of the Hill case.

The Court of Appeals upheld the judgment, but partially revoked the award of double damages following the Pellino v. Brink’s decision of 2010. On August 23, 2018 the Washington State Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and remanded for further consideration of the double damages award.

In September 2019, we reached a global settlement of both cases, for a total of $12.5 million. The court has granted final approval of the settlement on February 7, 2020.

We anticipate that settlement checks will be mailed no later than March 24, 2020.

If you believe you should have received notice and have not yet received it, please contact our legal assistant, Mary Dardeau at (206) 233-1257 or (800) 809-2234 or